Creating Playful Communities – lessons learned from the Engaging Communities in Play programme sets out to demonstrate the benefits of community involvement in the management and maintenance of local play spaces. Equally importantly, it shows the role of communities in bringing their play spaces to life, and how, through their contribution, they can become hubs for wider community activity.
The report illustrates how communities can take a lead in developing and managing the places where children play, and how local people can be a catalyst for positive change. It highlights the support communities need from others to do this work effectively and where to find it. It also makes clear recommendations for the future in how communities can be more successful in Creating Playful Communities.
This publication is based on lessons learned from the Engaging Communities in Play programme funded by the Department for Education, which ran from September 2010 to March 2011. The main aim of the project was to enable communities to develop, manage and sustain local play spaces. The programme was delivered by Play England in partnership with Playwork Partnerships, Skills Active and KIDS.